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Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine...

by Darrell Isaacs Team Professionals

Darren Hardy, Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine, presented a great insight on his blog that I really want to share with you...  dri

"Did you know your brain is NOT designed to make you happy? I know this might be alarming to you, but brain has only one primary responsibility—to keep you alive. Thus your brain is constantly on the lookout for danger and attack warnings. Your brain is programmed specifically to seek out the negative.

This is a problem if you desire love, prosperity and happiness—those things beyond simply safety. Left unguided (as most do), your brain will stew in the negative all day, every day of your life. The conundrum is—what you think about comes about. Where your attention goes, energy flows, thus the direction your life takes.

This is where the power of gratitude comes in. If you want to direct your life in a positive direction, you have to redirect your mind towards abundance and what’s positive by forcing it to focus it on what you are grateful for. If you want to become great, you have to focus on being grateful. You can change any situation in your life by simply redirecting your mind to focus on what’s right about it versus what is wrong.

I have a Thanksgiving Challenge for you. Of the many insights shared in The Compound Effect, one repeatedly I am told has made a profound difference is the story of the Thanksgiving Journal (read the excerpt below). My challenge to you is to think of an area of your life you are having difficulty in and want to improve. For the next 21 days... CLICK HERE TO READ MORE "...

Any takers?  Happy Thanksgiving!

SUCCESS!

Darrell

Today I Have Learned Something New

by Darrell Isaacs Team Professionals

Today I have learned something new, ok, some of you may have guessed it before me, but, for me an "ah ha" moment.

"There are some smart cookies out there. I am not one of them." You can guess which is the Ah-ha on your own.

Sitting in Dallas, TX, at the 5 Star Conference, listening to panelist speak on the subject of Figuring Out FinReg, I am painfully aware of which club I am a member of.  The discussion is based on the new laws being passed or worked on right now, that will define the financial rules going forward.

Which side you take is really not the message here, but that the average American, like me, will not "get it".  Sitting here hearing rather political neutral summations, I think we have a financial octopus that probably would be better declared a centipede, except they are not scary enough.

So, what's "Mr & Mrs. J. Average" to do?

Protect yourselves from the damages that others can inflict on you. Whether new laws, bank demands, or credit merchants, move to a place where savings become important part of your monthly expenditures, take advantage of ways to lower monthly costs, long-term planning to ensure you have the best opportunity to have a future.  Wow. That was me, not the brainee's that spoke today.

So, how do we, who have no Master's in Government Double Speak, do these 3 simple tasks?

 1- Look at your income. Cut all nonessentials. Ouch, I know, but the subject here is  survival. Does cable TV really equal survival? Or Starbucks? Ouch, that one got me too! Is the Beemer really the best deal for you? Did you really make more money because YOU owned it? Did the trade in values payoff better than owning a car for 7-8 years with half that time having no payment? Get the picture? Remember the story of the ant and the grasshopper?  One stored, one bought Beemers.  Winter is coming.

 2- With today's incredibly low mortgage rates, lowered home values and continuance of tax shelters, most can ‘own’ cheaper than rent, and here is the little bitty secret you probably do not know. As a renter, on month 361 you will have a payment! Whoa! Too simple to give much value or thought too but really, don't you plan on living???  So, you handled that secret so good so here is the next point.  Rent in 1980 for a 3br home was $395-410. Today, $1000-1090.  What will it be in 2040?  Oh yeah, and your mortgage payment was locked-in in 2010, and remained unchanged. 

 3- Set a clear picture, with rewards built in, that will guide your future spending/savings plan. You are not the 20-somethings any longer and it won't get any easier the older you get. Proof: look at how many 60-somethings are praying the social security system doesn't fail.  Don't grow up to be one of them.

Ok, back to the class, what did these 4 high-ranking government/banking fellows conclude? That they can't agree on the solution! Surprised? 

Place responsibility for the future where you can impact it...in your hands.

And, remember to vote.

SUCCESS!

Darrell

Ho Ho Ho... Oh No!!!

by Darrell Isaacs Team Professionals

I love coming to the cabin.  Sitting here today, having just completed a lunch of the Thanksgiving Day leftovers-on-purpose, and watching the wind blow through the towering Douglas Fir and Pine trees, it has become very apparent… There is no place to store anything anymore!  The closets are full, the storage room is maxed out, and very soon important ‘things’ will just have to stay ‘out’.  Or not!

I have just been forwarded a link to Ladies Home Journal’s website with an excellent article on what to do when you just can’t store it anymore. 

Don't Dump It, Donate It!  Give your old stuff new life by contributing it to worthy organizations”

 

“…Confession time: How much of the stuff that's crammed into your closets, attic, and basement do you actually need or use? We're talking about the bridesmaid dress the bride swore you'd wear again, the books your kid never read, and the inline skates you bought on a whim. But before you haul your random clutter to the dump, find out if there's a greener way to get rid of it. These organizations will take all that junk off your hands and recycle it or give it to those in need…”

Have linens that are ready for the rag bin?  “Animal shelters are often desperate for donations of soft blankets, thick towels, and linens to use in the animal cages, visit pets911.com”.

“Contribute your used furniture, such as beds, couches, and dining room tables, to your local chapter of the National Furniture Bank Association (nationalfurniturebank.org). The organization provides furniture to victims of hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. It also helps families living below the poverty level and women and children who are starting over after fleeing violent homes”.

A whole host of suggestions for everything you rediscover that just needs a new home.  And, a tax deduction might be in order too.  I have always strived to create ‘win-win-win’ results in every opportunity I could.  This is a terrific example of how we all can create that ‘perfect’ solution.   A worthy organization gets goods to meet the needs of those in need;  you finally get some space in your home; and you might get a tax deduction to boot!  What can be better than that?  Oh…Santa IS on his way!

Take a moment and see if you might benefit with this information.  And, Merry Christmas!

SUCCESS!

Darrell

http://www.lhj.com/volunteering/dont-dump-it-donate-it/

 

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Stockton CA 95207
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